DRC cases reach 426, 2nd largest outbreak on record

WHO sounds alarm after Ebola resurfaces in DRC

New statements in two top medical journals this week are calling on the U.S.to change its mind and send its experts back where they are sorely needed.

In a major concern for health workers, many new cases have been unconnected to known infections as the insecurity complicates efforts to track contacts of those with the disease.

Previously, the ReEBOV Antigen Rapid Test Kit was eligible for procurement to Ebola-affected countries, under the WHO Emergency Assessment.

But it is still much smaller than the epidemic in West Africa between 2013 and 2016 which killed 11,310 people.

According to the Health Ministry, among the 426 cases of reported hemorrhagic fever, 379 of them were confirmed to be Ebola cases. The CDC supports the expertise of the State Department and Department of Defense "in determining locations where it is safe to position our staff".

This clinical trial is the first-ever multi-drug trial for an Ebola treatment.

Many venture out on critical virus containment missions only accompanied by United Nations peacekeepers in areas where gunfire echoes daily.

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As per Salama's prediction, the outbreak in northeastern Congo will last at least another six months. Health workers have compared the area to a war zone.

North Kivu and Ituri are among the most populous provinces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and share borders with Rwanda, Uganda and South Sudan.

World Health Organization has highlighted that more than 37,000 people have been given Ebola vaccinations.

"This tragic milestone clearly demonstrates the complexity and severity of the outbreak", Michelle Gayer, senior director of emergency health at the International Rescue Committee, said in a statement Thursday.

In October, WHO convened a meeting of global organisations, United Nations partners, countries at risk of Ebola, drug manufacturers and others to agree on a framework to continue trials in the next Ebola outbreak, whenever and wherever it occurs.

To increase awareness amongst citizens of the U.S., on October 19th, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) upgraded its Travel Alert rating to Level 2, Practice Enhanced Precautions, regarding the Ebola outbreak in Africa.

The latest outbreak is the tenth in DR Congo since Ebola was first detected there in 1976. "Yes we need to see more funds and resources mobilized, but also address the impacts of the protracted conflict".

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